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First Visit

Deciding to undergo orthodontic treatment can be daunting and exciting at the same time! We are thrilled you have taken the opportunity to enhance how you look and feel through braces or Invisalign. At Braces By Garcia, we are here to help maximize the potential of your teeth and leave you with a radiant smile you will love.

The Initial Consultation

Your first visit to our office is aimed at getting an understanding of your oral health and teeth positioning. We will review your medical history and conduct a thorough exam, with X-Rays, to get a comprehensive look at your mouth. This will help us decide whether or not orthodontic treatment is necessary. If so, we can discuss various options and decide which one is right for you! We will listen to your financial needs and create a plan that is catered to your budget and lifestyle.

What’s Next?

After your initial consult, you will make an appointment with our orthodontist to begin your treatment. The next visit (which can sometimes be the SAME DAY as your consult!) will be used to install your braces which typically takes about one hour.

Ongoing Appointments

Regular visits to our office are important in order to stay on track with your treatment.  You will come in every 6-9 weeks to have adjustments and tightening made to your appliances. We’re here to work with your schedule so please let us know what days and times are best for you! If something comes up, just give us a call. We will try our best to make changes to your appointment or reschedule.

Patient Forms

We know your time is valuable! In an effort to save you time, please download and complete the patient forms below and bring them with you to your initial consultation. We look forward to meeting you and your family!

Adult New Patient Form

Child New Patient Form

Notice of Privacy Practices

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Cuestionario de salud para adultos

Cuestionario de salud infantil

Oral Hygiene

BracesMaintaining excellent oral hygiene is always important but it’s ESPECIALLY important when you have braces. If plaque builds up on your teeth and around your braces, you could develop swollen gums, bad breath, cavities and discolored teeth. You should brush your teeth after ever meal so make sure you bring a small toothbrush with you to work or school. With braces, your toothbrush will wear out faster so make sure you replace it when the bristles start to fray!

Brushing Tips:

  • Use a soft bristle toothbrush
  • Use a small amount of toothpaste
  • Use circular motions around the gumline for about 10 seconds on each tooth
  • Brush every tooth slowly, making sure you get around your brackets
  • Don’t forget to brush your tongue and roof of your mouth!

Flossing is a MUST but can be a little tricky at first. We’ll make sure you know exactly how to floss with braces before you leave our office. Floss threaders and waterpiks may come in handy!

Flossing Tips:

  • Carefully pull waxed floss between wire and braces
  • Floss carefully around braces
  • Floss carefully around the gum area
  • Floss each tooth

Emergencies

Please call our office as soon as possible if you break or loosen any of your appliances. Please do not come directly to the office – by calling us, you will allow us to create a time to see you. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, call us immediately to notify us if you need an appliance repaired.

The following orthodontic emergencies and their treatments are listed in the order of the least severe to the most severe. Only the most severe emergencies may require immediate attention by an orthodontist. The majority of these are easily treated with a follow up with our office.

Food Caught Between Teeth

This is not an emergency, but can be a little uncomfortable or embarrassing for the braces-wearing patient. It is easily fixed with a piece of dental floss. Try tying a small knot in the middle of the floss to help remove the food, or use an interproximal brush or toothpick to dislodge food caught between the teeth and braces.

Discomfort

It’s normal for a patient to have discomfort for a day or two after braces or retainers are adjusted. But it can make eating uncomfortable. If your teeth are sore, stick to soft foods and rinse your mouth with warm salt water.

Mouth Sores

Some patients are susceptible to mouth sores. While braces do not cause them, they may be exacerbated by an irritation from braces. One or several areas of ulceration of the cheeks, lips or tongue may appear. This is not an emergency, but may be uncomfortable. To relieve discomfort apply a small amount of topical anesthetic like Ora-Gel directly to the ulcerated surface using a cotton swab.

Irritation of the Lips or Cheeks

Sometimes new braces can be irritating to the mouth, especially when the patient is eating. A small amount of non-medical relief wax makes an excellent buffer between the metal and mouth. Simply break off a small piece and roll it into a ball the size of a small pea. Flatten the ball and place it completely over the area of the braces causing irritation.

Protruding Wire

Occasionally, the end of a wire will work itself out of place and irritate the cheeks. Use a Q-tip or pencil eraser to push the wire so that it is flat against the tooth. If the wire cannot be moved into a comfortable position, cover it with relief wax. Please call our office to make us aware of the issue.

Loose Brackets, Wires or Bands

If the braces have come loose in any way, please notify our office to determine next steps. Brackets are the parts of braces attached to the teeth with special adhesive. They are usually positioned in the center of each tooth. If the loose bracket has rotated on the wire and is sticking out and the patient cannot immediately be taken to the orthodontist, you can temporarily fix to alleviate discomfort and prevent further damage. But take care to prevent swallowing or other injury.

To put the bracket back in place, use sterile tweezers to slide the bracket along the wire until it is between two teeth. Rotate the bracket back to the proper position, then slide it back to the center of the tooth.

Piece of Appliance is Swallowed

This is rare but when it does happen, it can be fairly alarming to the patient. Remain calm. If the patient is coughing excessively or having difficulty breathing, the piece could have been aspirated. If you are able to see the piece, you may carefully attempt to remove it. Do not attempt if you could cause harm.

If appropriate under the circumstances, examine the patient’s braces for problems that may result from the missing piece, such as looseness or irritation and treat as specified above.

If you are unable to see the piece and believe may have been aspirated, notify the orthodontist immediately.

Source: AAO

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Did you know you could earn cool prizes just by being an awesome patient?!
Dr. Garcia awards his patients with OrthoBucks for being so outstanding! You are awarded for:

  • Being on time for appointments
  • Checking in on Facebook
  • Maintaining excellent oral hygiene
  • No broken or loose appliances
  • Referring a friend to our office
  • Turning in a cleaning certificate from your dentist

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